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Construction is set to begin later this spring on the new full-service YMCA building -- more than two years behind schedule and scaled down from original plans.

Bonnie Lockard, YMCA Board Chairman, said ground-breaking of the new facility will take place May 15.

The facility, on Washington Road south of the Carroll County Community College campus outside Westminster, should be completed in 10 to 12 months and is scheduled to open completely in the spring of 1992, said Dick Lyons, YMCA executive director.

Lockard said the $2.8million, 10-acre project is "a place to call home" for all Carroll residents.

The project features a day-care center for up to 60 preschoolers, a 25-yard indoor heated pool with access for the disabled, a day camp complex, athletic fields, adult exercise area, program space for youth sports, preschool gymnastics, family programs and an administrative area. But initial plans call for just a mini-gym instead of a full gymnasium, although one could later be added if needed.

According to Lyons, an additional $400,000 will be raised in general fund-raising throughout the construction period.

"We met our initial goal of $1.5 million. But the completed land acquisition and construction costs were higher than originally planned as the progress of the project continued -- thus the need to raise additional money," Lyons said.

"We are indebted to the community and business leaders for their generous support, and especially to Tom Ferguson for his leadership as Campaign Chairman."

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